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Ingenu and Semtech join IMC

Steve Rogerson
June 30, 2016
 
Semtech and Ingenu are the latest companies to join the fast-growing IoT M2M Council (IMC).
 
Semtech is a supplier of analogue and mixed-signal semiconductors and provider of end-to-end products for LoRa low-power wide-area network (LP-WAN) connectivity. It has joined the board of governors of the IMC, the world’s largest and fastest-growing trade association serving the IoT sector.
 
“The IMC is an excellent platform to connect with companies that are integrating IoT and those that are actually deploying IoT in the field,” said Mike Wong, VP of marketing and applications for Semtech’s wireless and sensing product group. “We believe having a standardised specification for IoT combined with a strong ecosystem is integral for scaling IoT adoption. Introducing LoRa solutions and the LoRaWan specification to the IMC’s members, including Fortune 500 companies planning large scale deployments, should further expand LoRaWan adoption.”
 
Ingenu delivers wireless connectivity to machines. It has joined the IMC to augment the footprint of its low-power, wide-area network and technology. The IMC has more than 18,000 IoT buyers as members and gains 300 new members weekly.
 
“Our patented RPMA random phase multiple access technology is available globally, and we expect our licensing agreements will enable the network to cover three quarters of the world’s population in the next three years,” said Ingenu’s CMO, Landon Garner, who will serve on the IMC board of governors. “The truly global footprint of the IMC was extremely important to us.”
 
Ingenu plans to roll out its Machine Network in more than 30 US markets by the end of 2016, and to cover most of the country by the end of 2017.
 
“Ingenu is looking forward to working with the IMC membership to expanding the reach of this already-proven technology,” said Garner.
 
The IMC recently announced the formation of its Connected Leadership Committee, a steering and focus group comprised of senior executives at large companies in its membership rolls that will convene quarterly.
 
Semtech is a driving force behind the LoRa Alliance, which is a collaboration of service providers and hardware makers that have agreed to conform to the open global standard for wireless communications known as LoRaWan. LoRaWan products reduce the costs of data transmission and power requirements for remote connected devices, with the latter benefit increasing device lifecycle while reducing maintenance. Semtech, among others, produces the semiconductor chipsets named LoRa that conform to the LoRaWan standard.
 
“Some of our fastest-growing segments are in energy, building and construction, and smart cities,” says IMC chairman Alexander Bufalino. “And these are areas where LPWAN connectivity is showing immediate uptake.”
 
Quarterly trending data gathered by the IMC show that awareness of LPWAN has been growing consistently among all segments of the group’s membership over the last three quarters.
 
The London-based IMC has board member companies that include Aeris, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Digi International, Inmarsat, Intel, Kore, Nighthawk Control, Orbcomm, Sigfox, Telecom Italia, Telit, Verizon and Wipro.
 
IMC members are enterprise users and OEMs that deploy IoT products, with roughly 30 per cent coming from North America, 30 per cent from Europe and the rest spread out globally. In terms of corporate functions, a plurality of the IMC membership comes from operations, but it also has strong representation among sales and marketing, IT and research and development. Recent surveys of the IMC’s membership have shown steady and increasing interest in LP-WAN technology across 24 different vertical markets that the organisation tracks.
 
“Clearly, our members are engaged in large-scale deployments, and these low-power solutions help them to achieve that scale,” said Bufalino.
 
Sigfox is sponsoring the next IMC The speaker will be Allen Proithis, president for Sigfox in North America, who will provide a checklist for quick and easy IoT deployment.